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The Battlecruiser Blücher and Beyond

Battlecruisers Enroute to Dogger Bank

Although not truly a battlecruiser, SMS Blücher was Germany's answer to reports of a new class of heavy cruiser reportedly being constructed by Great Britain. Basing their specifications on those released for the new British ship, Blücher mounted twelve 9.2" guns in six twin turrets in the same layout as contempary German battleships. But the ship she had been designed to fight was HMS Invincible. Completely outclassed by the new British dreadnought in speed and armament, Germany had to go back to the drawing board to design the SMS Von der Tann, falling farther behind in the dreadnought race.

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Last Update on 03/03/2000

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